Acting Camps & COmedy Classes

Acting and Comedy Classes for All Ages

Backed by the full resources of Camino Real Playhouse in beautiful San Juan Capistrano and taught by some of the best theatre, comedy, and improv teachers you will find in Orange County. Theatre training, as well as all of the arts, encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on physical, emotional and social development. Those who participate in theatre programs enjoy the many benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout life, making us more creative, more confident and more productive individuals.

 

Workshops in Acting & Comedy for all ages and now featuring Musical Theatre Camps for Kids.

ONLINE Summer CAMPS & COMEDY CLASSES

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PHOTO GALLERY

Below are a few photos from past Classes, Courses, Camps, and Productions.

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Theatre is Magical

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre takes us to anotehr world

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre builds Lifelong Friendhips

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre improves us All

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Theatre promotes Teamwork

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Theatre gives us Courage

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Theatre improves us All

OUR STAFF & INSTRUCTORS

We are proud to have a dedicated team with extensive theater, comedy, improv, and production experience.
Our staff believes that Theatre training encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on physical, emotional and social development in life.

Ryan Fredericks

Youth Program Director and Vocal/Acting Instructor

Ryan Fredericks graduated from American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles with a BA in Acting. After performing in Los Angeles and Orange County he realized that directing was his true calling.

He has directed children and adults throughout Orange County including at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. Ryan has taught multiple camps and after school drama programs throughout Saddleback and Capo school districts. He also works as an acting coach for all ages.

Beverly Blake

Scenic Artist

A fine arts and design major throughout high school and college, Beverly took a different turn and enjoyed a successful 35-year career in the international and domestic high-tech transportation industry which, over the years, included customer service, operations, corporate sales and marketing. Later in life she combined her artistic talents with her career experience and has been Scenic Artist and Vice President for the playhouse for the last 14 years. She is responsible for all aspects of the final implementation of set design, is resident graphic designer and is an executive producer for all productions.

Leslie Eisner

Artistic Director & Administrator

Leslie has her degree in theatre arts and studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan under Sanford Meisner. She is both an actress and director, having done both at Camino Real Playhouse. As a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Health Care Administration and a minor in Business Administration, she worked in the NICU for many years and then in Hospital Administration. She is the Artistic Director for Camino Real Playhouse  and oversees the artistic functions of the theatre including: hiring of artistic team members, selecting shows for the season line-up, and managing Playhouse operations.

Katie Kelly

CAA Stage Manager

Katie Kelly is a Bay Area native who graduated in May of 2018 from California State University, Northridge as a Deaf Theater Major and Musical Theater Minor. Katie has been in love with Theater since her first performance at the age of 7. Since graduation Katie has directed performances across Orange County. Her most recent credits include Afflicted, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Lion King. Katie has had the opportunity to work with broadway actors and actresses with her involvement with ASL Cabaret. Katie is thrilled to continue her journey with Camino Real playhouse and can’t wait to see what this new chapter brings.

Michael Keener

CAA Technical Director    

Michael Keener has a degree in Technical Theatre and comes to Camino Real Playhouse with acting, stage-managing and stage crew experience. As Lead Tech he helps to design the lighting and sound for shows at the Playhouse. He has worked on numerous plays including Three Bandits and A Baby, It's A Wonderful Life, Robin Hood, Dracula, Bye Bye Birdie, Barefoot in the Park, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Michael does all the lighting and sound for Children's shows and other shows performed during Children's Theatre Summer Camps.
 

Roger Woodcock

Technical Director

Roger, who joined Camino Real Playhouse three years ago, brings over 25 years of experience in various aspects of the entertainment industry, including a brief time as a stand-up comedian. At Knott's Berry Farm, he did lighting and sound design for various stage shows and attractions during Halloween season. As both Camino Real Playhouse and Capistrano Acting Academy's Technical Director, Roger trains and manages a team of sound, light and special effects operators.



Tom Riehl

Instructor - Stand Up Comedy

Tom Riehl is a professional stand-up comedian who has been performing regularly at clubs, corporate events, and fundraisers for over 25 years. His extensive comedic background coupled with his hugely successful Students of Stand-up Comedy Workshops have earned him praise from students and professional comedians alike. His simple yet effective approach to understanding comedy creates a fun and positive atmosphere no matter what your age or skill level may be. Tom currently produces two monthly comedy shows in southern California.

Steph Davis

Instructor - The Acting Gym

Steph Davis was the artistic director of the Orange Curtain Theatre that ran in STAGE II of the Camino Real Playhouse for five seasons. He's trained as an actor under Allan Miller - famous coach of Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. He has appeared off-Broadway as Malcolm X, along with a tour of A Soldier's Play.

Also an accomplished stage director, he has received rave reviews for plays including March, Shirley Valentine, and Almost Maine (honorable mention  Garland Awards by Backstage West).


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Musical Theatre Summer Camps have a final performance
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Capistrano Acting Academy
Part of the Camino Real Playhouse & SOCCT

31776 El Camino Real - San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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